Steiner binoculars are widely considered to be some of the best binoculars available on the planet. Steiner binoculars are used by all of the major armed forces in the United States and around the world – including the United States Marine Corps. Steiner binoculars have certainly earned their reputation for performance, durability, and crystal-clear optics.
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Hopefully this guide and break down gets you all the “inside information” you need to make the right decision when it comes to investing in Steiner binoculars.
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Steiner Binoculars Nighthunter Specifications
|Steiner Nighthunter 8x56||Steiner Nighthunter 10x56||Steiner Nighthunter 10x42|
Field of View
|367 ft/1000 yds||332 ft/1000 yds||316 ft/1000 yds|
|13 ft||13 ft||13 ft|
|High Definition||High Definition||High Definition|
|40.2 oz||43.2 oz||28.2 oz|
|7.9 x 6.1 x 2.7||7.9 x 6.1 x 2.7||6.9 x 4.9 x 2.6|
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Steiner Nighthunter 10×56 Binoculars
Steiner Binoculars Predator Specifications
|Steiner Predator 8x22||Steiner Predator 10x26||Steiner Predator 10x42|
Field of View
|332 ft/1000 yds||302 ft/1000 yds||328 ft/1000 yds|
|10 ft||10 ft||6 ft|
|High Contrast CAT™ Color Adjusted Transmission Coatings||High Contrast CAT™ Color Adjusted Transmission Coatings||High Contrast CAT™ Color Adjusted Transmission Coatings|
|9.8 oz||10.4 oz||26.5 oz|
|4.4 x 4.1 x 1.8||4.9 x 4.1 x 1.8||6.9 x 4.9 x2.5|
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Initial Impressions of the Steiner Binoculars
Offering a wide variety of binoculars options for the amateur, serious hunter/tournament shooter, and a number of military and law enforcement specific lines. With Steiner binoculars you’re going to be able to find the perfect set of binos for your needs.
High quality through and through (and leveraging some of the best construction materials available), you can tell just by looking at these binoculars that they are something special. Almost all items that are shipped from Steiner come in a blister package that includes:
- A hard carrying case with a carry strap
- A neck strap and that is engineered to be quick attaching
- Foldable objective covers
- Single piece eye piece covers
- A cleaning cloth
- A manual so that you know how to get the most out of your Steiner binoculars.
Everything included in the package is more than enough to get you out into the wilderness (or out on the range) in 15 minutes or less from the initial un-boxing.
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One of the biggest advantages to using these particular binoculars is that the eyepieces have been specifically designed to be 100% adjustable. While also comfortable enough so that you can use eyeglasses without compromising their performance in any way whatsoever. This makes these particular eyepieces incredibly comfortable even over long periods of time and in almost any like condition, which will help you get even more usage out of your Steiner binoculars.
Leveraging the pretty much industry standard roof prism focus wheel, you might find initially that your Steiner binoculars are a little difficult to get into focus the first few times out. After you manipulate the wheel a dozen times or more it’s going to become super smooth. This is because the engineers at Steiner went out of their way to make sure that the focus wheel only moves when you want it to. This just means that you’ll need to put a little bit of extra “finger grease” behind the first few initial wheels until you break it in. After that, focusing is lightning fast and super smooth, while at the same time “locking in” when you want to. On top of that, in most pairs of Steiner binoculars, the left tube also has the capability to be individually focused.
Crystal-Clear Visual Clarity
If you’re looking for high definition quality out of a pair of binoculars, you need look no further than a pair of Steiner’s. Everything is crystal-clear and absolutely gorgeous, with colors represented perfectly no matter how far away you are physically when you start to glass in. Like most high-end binoculars, however, there is a little bit of lost clarity right around the edges of the binoculars. It’s not so much that you’re going to be distracted, however.
Performance in Low Light Conditions
While certainly not on par with a pair of even first generation night vision goggles, Steiner binoculars can certainly hold their own in low light conditions or when the weather is poor. You should have no real trouble whatsoever picking up your target in nearly any lighting condition. But during dusk and dawn conditions you’ll be able to quickly glass your target and acquire it without any headache or hassle whatsoever.
Overall Viewing Experience
The viewing experience through a pair of Steiner binoculars is almost unparalleled when you consider just how inexpensive these high-end optics are. Especially when compared to some of the other “bigger brands” on the marketplace today. Clear, crisp, and perfectly in focus images are the norm when you are using Steiner binoculars, and you should never have to expect anything less from this legendary manufacturer.
Another area where these binoculars shine (especially when stacked up against competitors) is their rugged durability. That you will notice the minute you pull them out of their hard case. A little bit on the heavier side, they are constructed out of high-end materials that will resist the normal dense, dings, and other daily abuse we all put our binoculars through. But that’s what you should come to expect from Steiner binoculars anyways.
All in all, you would have to be at least a little bit crazy not to take advantage of all the major innovations, high-end optical technology, and incredible visual clarity that a pair of Steiner binoculars have to offer. While some of their binoculars options are certainly a little bit on the more expensive side (usually their tactical or law enforcement line), you are going to get what you pay for. If you’re looking for a new set of binoculars, get your hands on a set of Steiner Binoculars – just don’t be surprised if your expectations for a pair of binoculars change forever!